When does celebrity journalism become gossip?

(video from E! Entertainment Youtube Channel)

“Who are you wearing?” is the million-dollar question on every red carpet around the world. Fashion designers’ names drop like flies as their creations are flaunted on every star and starlet. A celebrity’s baby bump or the mystery diamond ring on their left hand are headline stories.

Journalism about the private lives of public people is exploding to extraordinary measures. Paparazzi photographers chase, stalk, and harass celebrities and those in the public eye just to get the perfect shot or reaction.


(photo from usmagazine.com)

News about celebrity’s personal lives is often times more newsworthy than their actual work. A cheating scandal shines over an entire movie premier. A player’s trouble with the law can take away from a professional team’s victory. The importance of someone’s quality of work has diminished.

Turn on E! News and you will learn what Kim Kardashian posted on Instagram that day, what trouble Justin Bieber is getting into, and how Jessica Simpson shed the baby weight. Not too often does the “news” talk about the work and donations celebrities contribute to different organizations. Nor do they cover much on politics (but we know what Michelle Obama wore). When tragedies strike, entertainment news sources will cover the story from second-hand sources, but are right away interviewing any celebrity for a reaction.

Pop culture journalism has taken a turn for the shallow. Magazines for young adults such as Cosmopolitan and Seventeen are coated with stories about how to get a body like Eva Longoria, the hot trends celebrities are wearing that you can wear too, and every fad diet under the sun.

When does pop culture coverage go from journalism to gossip?

-Katie Dean Miller

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